2021: I Have Called You by Name

Fall Conference 2021

'I Have Called You by Name': Human Dignity in a Secular World

Fall Conference  |  November 11–13, 2021  |  University of Notre Dame


The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to announce its 21st annual Fall Conference, “I Have Called You by Name: Human Dignity in a Secular World,” November 11–13, 2021, in person at the University of Notre Dame.

What do we mean by “human dignity”? What are its foundations, contours, and entailments? Is a unified understanding of human dignity possible in a fragmented secular culture? Is a just society possible without it? This interdisciplinary, three-day event will engage the theme of human dignity from a variety of points of departure in more than 100 presentations, with keynotes by Mary Ann Glendon (Harvard Law School), Alasdair MacIntyre (de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture), Jacqueline Rivers (Harvard University), Elizabeth Schiltz (University of St. Thomas), and many others.

Registration and detailed information available below. Questions or concerns? Email fallconference@nd.edu.


Registration

Register for the Fall Conference via the link below. Registration includes all conference materials, continental breakfast, breaks, and receptions; additional conference meals (lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday) may be purchased with your registration. If you are interested in bringing a student group to the conference, please email fallconference@nd.edu for more information.

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Schedule

A detailed program will be available closer to the conference date. The general conference schedule is as follows (all locations are in the McKenna Hall Conference Center, unless otherwise noted):

Thursday, November 11  
1:30-2:45 p.m. Panels (Papers submitted in response to the call for proposals)
2:45-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:30 p.m. Panels (Papers submitted in response to the call for proposals)
5:15 p.m. Opening Mass with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades (Fort Wayne-South Bend)
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
8 p.m. Opening Keynote
9:15 p.m. Opening Reception
Friday, November 12  
8 a.m. Continental breakfast
9-10:15 a.m. Panels (Papers submitted in response to the call for proposals)
10:15-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Panels (Papers submitted in response to the call for proposals)
12-1:15 p.m. Lunch
South Dining Hall (East Wing)
1:30-2:45 p.m. Alasdair MacIntyre Keynote
2:45-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:30 p.m. Invited Presentations
5:15 p.m. Daily Mass
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
6:30 p.m. Dinner
South Dining Hall (East Wing)
8 p.m. Keynote
9:15 p.m. Reception
Saturday, November 13  
8 a.m. Continental breakfast
9-10:15 a.m. Panels (Papers submitted in response to the call for proposals)
10:15-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Panels (Papers submitted in response to the call for proposals)
12-1:15 p.m. Lunch
South Dining Hall (East Wing)
1:30-2:45 p.m. Invited Presentations
2:45-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:30 p.m. Invited Presentations
5 p.m. Vigil Mass
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
6:30 p.m. Dinner
South Dining Hall (East Wing)
8 p.m. Closing Keynote
9:15 p.m. Closing Reception

Lodging

A small block of hotel rooms is available at the Morris Inn on campus ($182/night). Reserve your room here, or call (800) 280-7256 and reference "Annual Ethics Conference" when booking. Additional lodging is available at a variety of hotels in the area immediately surrounding campus, including:

Dormitory-style lodging is available in the Sacred Heart Parish Center on campus ($30/night). Email Christina Maciejczyk (cmaciej1@nd.edu) and reference the de Nicola Center's Fall Conference for more information and to reserve a room (or block of rooms for a student group).

Transportation

Notre Dame is located in the Eastern time zone, 90 miles east of Chicago (Central time). Transportation to and from Notre Dame is available via South Bend International Airport, five miles from Notre Dame's campus; if you plan on flying into Chicago airports, please note that there is no longer a shuttle bus between the Chicago airports and South Bend. Additional transportation options include the South Shore Train Line and Greyhound Bus Line. Visitor parking is available on campus in the lots listed here.

COVID

Please note: The Fall Conference will be subject to the university's COVID protocols, which currently require visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks inside campus buildings (except when eating and drinking). These protocols are subject to change; please consult Notre Dame's visitor's policy for the latest information.

 

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Past Conferences

Find information regarding past conferences and lecture videos at the links below.